Spring Pledge Drive 2016

Spring Pledge Drive Donation Form

It is hard to believe the school year is coming to an end. We’ve had a busy year and your generous donations have made a difference for our teachers and our school. This year CPA has been able to sponsor:

  • Materials and supplies for 1 st -8 th grade classrooms
  • 1 st -8 th grade teacher attendance at WA state gifted education conference
  • Attendance for 2 BTMS teachers at California state gifted education conference
  • “Zones of Regulation” social-emotional materials for use throughout 1 st -8 th grades
  • Teacher collaboration time in support of continuity in acceleration/enrichment throughout grades
  • 1 st -2 nd grade pool party/potluck
  • Gifted Education Day advocacy trip to Olympia
  • Socratic Discussion Seminar for 2 elementary and 2 middle school teachers
  • Book sets and materials for all grades (CIA reading program for 1 st -6 th grades)
  • In-school art field trip with Frye Museum for 1 st -2 nd grades
  • Social gatherings like the Back-to-School Picnic and BINGO party
  • Parent educational talks on Organization Skills, Innovation, and Nurtured Heart Parenting

We had a successful Fall Pledge drive and are on our way to meeting our goal of $18,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. We need your continued support in order to fund spring grants for our teachers as well as provide end of the year parties for 3rd-6th grades.

To pay by check, please enclose with Spring Pledge Drive Donation Form and return to your child’s teacher or put in the CPA mailbox in the office by May 23, 2016. Credit Card payments accepted on our website – see link on top right of every page! No cash please. Tax receipts are mailed out in January and detail contributions for the previous calendar year. We are fortunate to have the support of our families to help supplement and fill the gaps that state and school district funding cannot. Your donations make this possible. We thank you all for your generosity. With heartfelt appreciation, The CPA Board.

Reminder: Tonight! “Ordinary Magic for Extraordinary Kids: Teaching Resilience…”

Please join us tonight at the Challenge Parents Association General Meeting followed by
Ordinary Magic for Extraordinary Kids:
Teaching Resilience to Gifted and Twice Exceptional Kids
with Marcia Jenson, Ph.D. and Leah Altemeier, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00pm

These two Seattle-based psychologists will address cultivating resilience in children, drawing on research from the field of positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as their own clinical experience with gifted and twice exceptional children. CPA General Meeting at 6:00pm (all are welcome!); talk begins promptly at 6:30pm.

More details available here: CPA Winter Speaker February 2015

Bingo night on Wednesday September 24th!

Come join your fellow classmates and their families for a night of fun with treats and prizes!

Test your luck, see your friends and get to know some new ones! Light refreshments will be served.

DATE: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LOCATION: Terrace Park Commons

TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

WHO: All Challenge and BTMS* Highly Capable Families

*Brier Terrace Middle School

WHAT ELSE: Don’t miss your first CPA General Meeting, 6:00-6:15 pm. Find out what we are all about and meet your board members!

See and print the poster!

Spring Pledge Drive

Dear Challenge and Highly-Capable Families,

The Challenge Parents Association (CPA) thanks you for all of your generous contributions this year! So far, we have reached $13,000 and are closing in on our budget goal of $15,000. We would like to raise the last $2,000 in our Spring Fund Raising Drive so that we may fund all the grants for supplemental curriculum and classroom materials this year.

During this school year, we will have given each Challenge and BTMS highly capable teacher a $300 stipend for classroom expenses ($4,800 total).

Additionally, grants we have funded so far this year include: (1) Owl pellets for dissection 4th grade, (2) Dynamath subscription 2nd grade, (3) Novel Book Set 3rd grade (4) Collect, Interpret and Apply (CIA) reading approach training and classroom materials 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade (5) Literacy materials for 6th grade (6) Solar kits for 4th grade (7) grant for Challenge curriculum alignment with Common Core Standards (8) Pool party for 1st and second graders (9) BINGO night and (10) Speaker, Linda Silverman. More grant requests are still coming in from teachers.

Lastly, CPA has also funded four BTMS teachers and the principal to attend specialized gifted education training (California Association for Gifted conference) as well as provided funding for fifteen Challenge and BTMS teachers to attend the WAETAG (Washington Association of Educators of the Gifted and Talented) conference.

We are hoping that our Spring Fund Raising Drive will enable us to fund all the grant proposals we receive this year without using our reserve funds which will keep CPA running on firm financial footing.

We are fortunate to have the support of our families to help supplement and fill the gaps and your donations make this possible. We thank you all for your generosity.

Pledge Form March 2014

With heartfelt appreciation,

The CPA Board



Please Remember to Vote! Tuesday 2/11 Election Day

Hi Families!

Please mail or drop off your ballot not later than tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 to ensure that Propositions 1 & 2 get all our YES/APPROVED support. This is suspected to be a close race so the vote of every mother, father, brother, sister, friend, friend of a friend, uncle and aunt matters! Spread the word!

Boxes are open 24/7 until 8pm on Election Day.


Arlington (near library)
135 N Washington Ave

Edmonds (near library)
650 Main Street

Everett (Courthouse Campus)
Rockefeller Ave & Wall St

Everett (McCollum Park)
600 128th St SE

Lake Stevens (near boat launch)
1800 Main St

Lynnwood (in front of city hall)
19100 44th Ave W

Marysville (behind Municipal Court)
1015 State St

Monroe (near library)
1070 Village Way

Mukilteo (near library)
4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd

Snohomish (near library)
311 Maple Ave

Stanwood (near library)
9701 271st St NW

Challenge Testing Deadline is Today

Hi Challenge parents with younger siblings,

The Edmonds District building closes at 4:30 today in case you’re still wanting to submit a Challenge program/testing referral. Please note: they lock the door promptly at 4:30.

The building address is 20420 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98036. It’s south of and adjacent to Edmonds Community College.

Here’s the referral form in case you need it.

Enjoy the holidays!




From The Washington Coalition For Gifted Education – May 2nd

Your Action is Needed Immediately! Last chance to influence Highly Capable funding – contact the legislators below.

“Legislature Determines That Access to Highly Capable Basic Education Must Continue to Depend on Your Zip Code”

This might well be the headline, UNLESS YOU CHANGE IT. Today, 40% of districts offer no programs or services for their most advanced learners. Not surprisingly, inequalities in access and programming disproportionately affect small and rural districts, minorities, and poor students. The Legislature has done nothing to remedy the situation for the future.

There is no other part of basic education that is being told that to ensure proper funding, parents must go to their local school boards and ask for it. Access to highly capable programming needs to be uniform statewide and should not depend on your zip code.

The state Constitution requires that the state fully fund basic education for all students and HCP services are basic education for gifted students.

Relying on local school districts to decide whether or how to fund a portion of basic education is neither fair nor equitable.  The McCleary Decision says it is unconstitutional. Today’s state funding level – 2.314% of enrollment, unchanged since 2007- is demonstrably inadequate.

The Legislature must correct this situation in this session for all of Washington’s Highly Capable children, and follow the Quality Education Council’s recommendation for increased funding at 5% of enrollment.

What you need to do today:

Please use this message, or compose one of your own, and send it to each of the legislators listed below. Not all are participating in the budget negotiations but all have influence with those who are.

You may wish to use the Legislative Hotline but that requires a much shorter and more concise message.  1.800.562.6000

Senator Andy Hill         andy.hill@leg.wa.gov

Senator Michael Baumgartner        michael.baumgartner@leg.wa.gov

Senator Jim Hargrove  jim.hargrove@leg.wa.gov

Senator Sharon Nelson  sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov

Senator Joe Fain joe.fain@leg.wa.gov

Senator Andy Billig  andy.billig@leg.wa.gov

Senator Annette Cleveland  annette.cleveland@leg.wa.gov

Senator Paull Shin  paull.shin@leg.wa.gov

Senator Bruce Dammeier  bruce.dammeier@leg.wa.gov

Senator David Frockt  david.frockt@leg.wa.gov

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles  jeanne.kohl-welles@leg.wa.gov

Senator Ann Rivers  ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov

Senator Pam Roach  pam.roach@leg.wa.gov

Senator Christine Rolfes  christine.rolfes@leg.wa.gov

Representative Ross Hunter  ross.hunter@leg.wa.gov

Representative Pat Sullivan  pat.sullivan@leg.wa.gov

Representative Marcie Maxwell marcie.maxwell@leg.wa.gov

Representative Reuven Carlyle reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov

Representative Kevin Parker  kevin.parker@leg.wa.gov

Representative Kathy Haigh  kathy.haigh@leg.wa.gov

Representative Jamie Pedersen  jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov

Please forward this email to all other advocates you know who may not be getting our emails directly.

Thank you for your patient advocacy on behalf of our Highly Capable students. If this effort is successful, this may be the last Action Alert you see from us for a long time.

The people behind the McCleary Decision, NEWS (Network for Excellence in Washington Schools) have sent an important letter to the Legislature, a copy of of which is attached as a pdf file. The Coalition is a member of NEWS.

ACTION ALERT! – From The Washington Coalition For Gifted Education – April 22nd

Time is running out to get the HCP funding formula changed.

The last bill alive is HB 2051, which was heard in the House Appropriations Committee this morning. Because of the short notice given on this bill HCP advocates were not able to testify. We need you to flood the House Appropriations Committee with messages before the executive session tomorrow (April 23) at 10:00am. So please get your emails and hot line messages in before then.

We oppose Section 3(10)( c) of HB 2051 for Highly Capable Program funding. The Legislature asked OSPI and the State Gifted Advisory in 2010 to define what constitutes a basic education program for Highly Capable students. These recommendations, including an appropriate state-level funding structure, were sent to the Quality Education Council which has three times adopted them and sent them to the Legislature.

Yet, Highly Capable is the only basic education program that has not received increased funding in the $1.3 billion McCleary appropriations proposals before the Legislature.

Highly Capable Programs are an integral part of basic education which means Highly Capable students as a class are entitled to a basic education. A basic education no matter what district they attend. Students who are sometimes identified as behavior problems in elementary school or who might become drop outs in middle and high school are often unidentified gifted students whose needs have not been assessed and addressed. Gifted students in small, rural, and high poverty school districts are entitled to the same opportunities for a basic education as those in urban and wealthy districts. Current funding levels do not provide this opportunity. Requiring parents of Highly Capable students to lobby their school board to ensure access to a basic education in NOT equitable, yet that is what the current level of state funding requires them to do.

Ask legislators to please fund Highly Capable Programs at the 5% of FTE level and at the hours recommended by the QEC. Providing Highly Capable Students a basic education is good for both the students and the State.

Please contact the members of the House Appropriations Committee as soon as possible. Use any of the information provided above to formulate your message. A list of committee members follows. Because using the Legislature’s email service requires you be a resident of the district, you will need to email each member separately. The format for names is FirstName.LastName@leg.wa.gov. It may be easier to use the Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000.
If you do so, be sure to write out your message before placing the call. Operators take down your message verbatim and send it on to the legislators so having it written out before you begin ensures your message is clear and gets to the legislators as you composed it.

Ross Hunter, Chair
Timm Ormsby, Vice Chair
Gary Alexander, Ranking Minority Member
Bruce Chandler
J.T. Wilcox
Vincent Buys
Reuven Carlyle
Eileen Cody
Cathy Dahlquist
Hans Dunshee
Susan Fagan
Tami Green
Kathy Haigh
Larry Haler
Paul Harris
Zack Hudgins
Sam Hunt
Laurie Jinkins
Ruth Kagi
Marcie Maxwell
Dawn Morrell
Kevin Parker
Jamie Pedersen
Eric Pettigrew
Liz Pike
Charles Ross
Joe Schmick
Larry Seaquist
Pat Sullivan
David Taylor

Also, our Facebook and Blog pages have the committee members names as link in your email program. Will save you the effort of entering all of them yourself.

We really need you to make this effort!!!!

This may well be our last chance to influence the budget this session. Please contact the above legislators before 10:00am Tuesday morning!

Thank you for your advocacy for and support of our Highly Capable students.